I want to be a better person tomorrow than I am today. Since you’re reading this, I’m assuming you want the same thing!
It’s so easy to get discouraged when we focus on our failures. We sometimes feel like we’ll never be all that we’d like to be.
Success in this area depends on the little decisions we make every single day. So, it’s important that we not allow fear of failure to paralyze us and stop us from taking steps in the right direction TODAY.
We can’t allow our fear of failure to paralyze us & stop us from taking steps in the right direction TODAY.
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How we define “a Better Person” will vary with each of us based on our values.
Whatever our definition, here are 4 Simple Tips to remember as you pursue getting “better”:
1- Surround yourself with good people.
Each of us will be drastically affected by the people with whom we spend time. This is true for our day-to-day, local relationships, as well as our online friends and connections. Make sure the people you are around are making you better, not worse.
We have to look at our friends and ask ourselves, “Are they good for me?”
2- Keep Learning.
Don’t let your brain gather dust. Don’t lose your curiosity or sense of awe.
- Read books or blogs or magazines.
- Listen to audiobooks or podcasts or TedTalks.
- Learn a new language….or two.
- Attend a seminar.
- Visit a museum.
Expose your mind to new things and grow!
3- Find what motivates you and keep doing it!
Study yourself and figure out what makes you tick.
- What makes you come alive?
- What makes you feel human and reminds you that you are not just a robot with a job and a checkbook?
- What tugs at your heart?
- What makes you want to do great things?
It may be: listening to music, blogging, watching movies or stupid videos on YouTube, playing board games, sewing, dancing, designing clothing, repurposing furniture and decorations, baking, painting, drawing, singing, jogging, lifting weights, volunteering or something really random and strange that you just love to do!
It’s okay if it isn’t related to your “greater purpose” or if it even makes sense to other people. If it motivates you (and it’s legal), do it!
4- Consistently remind yourself of the reality of the world’s needs.
Life isn’t all good. People are hurting. There are very bad things happening in the world.
We have to be careful not to slide to any extremes. Hearing about tragedy all the time can be depressing and unhealthy. But ignoring tragedy can make us callous and uncaring (the opposite of what we’re shooting for).
Reminding ourselves of the world’s needs can lead us to action. We are not hopeless or helpless because we can actually do something about the tragedy we see.
We can change ourselves and work on the the things within our reach. It’s good to have both motivation and healthy doses of negative reality in consistent cycles if we want to make a difference.
If we want to make a difference, we need consistent, healthy doses of both positive motivation AND negative reality.
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So there you have it. A few tips to help you on your daily journey to live well.
Obviously, this isn’t everything you’ll need to do! It’s a big project. But those were four of the things that crossed my mind today.
How about you? What additional tips would you recommend for becoming a better person?